Mukesh Bhatt has backed Zaira Wasim for her decision to quit the film industry over religious reasons, stating that every individual has the right to do what they wanted. The film producer, refusing to get into the political aspect over the ‘Dangal’ actress’ announcement, asserted that the industry was a creative space where people had the right to enter and exit at will.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV on call, Bhatt said, “First of all, I don’t know what the whole issue is. But in case any individual wants to enter our film industry, they are most welcome to be a part of our fraternity. But in case of whatever pressure or reason, they want to exit from the industry, so be it.
I don’t think one should read too much into it and give it too much importance. It’s a free world for anyone to enter into any profession they desire.
And if at any point they go through pressure, be it from their family, or other pressures in their environment, the choice is theirs. They have to ask a fundamental question to themselves, what do they want? If they want to be, most welcome, if they want to exit, most welcome. I think nothing beyond that should be read or entertained, that’s my personal view.”
Zaira’s post announcing her decision to quit the industry on Sunday made headlines. The ‘Secret Superstar’ star, in a social media post, stated that even though Bollywood industry has bought a lot of love and support to her, it has also led her to a path of ignorance and she 'silently and unconsciously transitioned out of imaan.'
She also said that 'It was only for me to realise that though I may fit here perfectly, I do not belong here'.
Even politicians, film stars and other celebrities reacted. While former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and the team of her last film ‘The Sky is Pink’ backed her decision, some like Shiv Sena Deputy leader Priyanka Chaturvedi, Taslima Nasreen and Raveena Tandon had slammed the youngster for her decision. Amid reports of her announcement being prompted from hardliners, her manager had cleared that it was her own decision, without any external force.
When asked about the politicisation of the matter, Bhatt said, “I don’t want to get into politics. Let the netas say what they want, that is their domain to say what they want, what they feel. It’s a democratic country, people can talk whatever they want. I am entertainer and I have no political ambitions.”
When asked if he should ask Zaira not to quit the industry over alleged ‘pressure’, Bhatt said, “One shouldn’t succumb to any pressure. I would say that to my daughter and my son. That is the fundamental right of any and every human being.”
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